Rebels Prepare To Host Spring Tournament Saturday

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Rising sophomore outside hitter Seini Moimoi has had a strong spring for the Rebels.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Rising sophomore outside hitter Seini Moimoi has had a strong spring for the Rebels.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 10, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss volleyball team will host five schools, including two Southeastern Conference foes, Saturday as it hosts its spring tournament at the Gillom Sports Center.

The Rebels will open Saturday with a match against Mississippi State at 9:30 a.m. CT, followed by another match at 11:30 a.m. against Southern Miss. Each of the Rebels’ two morning matches will consist of two sets to 25.

The Rebels, which have been battling injuries this spring, will then move into pool play where they will play at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. against opponents yet to be determined. Pool play will feature matches that will consist of best-out-of-three sets, with the first two sets being played to 25, and the third set (if necessary) going to 15.

“We’re playing different styles of teams this weekend,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We have SEC teams with Alabama and Mississippi State coming in, and then we also have UT-Martin, Memphis and Southern Miss coming in. We’ll see what the lineup brings for us with injuries and recovery. What spring is about is kind of seeing the execution in match play of the things you’ve been working on in practice on a daily basis.”

The Rebels have been working hard in the morning at practice each weekday, and have seen that hard work translate onto the court and off the court.

“We’re seeing great growth from the team in terms of changing and improving the team culture,” Getzin said. “We’re working very hard, so that always makes it fun to be in the gym.”

While injuries are never good for a team, whether it be out of season, in the spring or in the fall, they have allowed players to rise to the occasion and get more repetitions in at practice and in matches that they may not otherwise see.

“In that regard, while one player is out injured, another player has a chance to prove themself more,” Getzin said. “Spring is all about repetition.

“Because of injuries, we’ve kind of put together a make-shift lineup and Seini Moimoi is taking all of our outside swings. She’s taken a ton of swings this spring and we’ve seen a marked improvement in her execution.”

Ole Miss will come into Saturday’s tournament after playing in Louisville, Ky., on April 6.

“The team competed hard up in Louisville,” Getzin said. “The results weren’t exactly what we were looking for, and we need to execute a little bit better, but we’re seeing a good growth from our players.”

Admission is free to each of the volleyball matches at the spring tournament Saturday at the Gillom Center.

For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.

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